Creating custom lines

You can create custom lines, including choosing their caps, annotations, and line bodies, for example, if you require a specific combination of line components and want to use it multiple times. You can save custom lines as default to make them available in multiple projects.

Procedure

  1. Choose Library > Lines to open the Edit Lines dialog.
  2. Select the type of line you want to create from the Category menu.
  3. Create a new line in one of the following ways:
    • To create a new line with default settings, click New in the lines list action bar.

    • To create a new line that is a copy of an existing one, select the existing line in the lines list and click New from Selection in the action bar.

  4. Enter a name for the new line in the Name field.
  5. Optional: If you want to use a new line body style or edit an existing one, click Line Body Editor to open the Edit Line Bodies dialog and create a new line body or edit an existing one.
  6. Select the body style you want to use for the line from the Body style menu.
  7. Customize the appearance and default position of the line using the available line options.

    For example, you can select a different annotation for each cap and set the minimum distances between the line and the staff or other items.

  8. Choose one of the following options for Annotation:
    • None

    • Center Annotation

    • Hyphenated Text

  9. Optional: If you chose Center Annotation and want to use a new line annotation style or edit an existing one, click Line Annotation Editor to open the Edit Line Annotations dialog and create a new line annotation or edit an existing one.
  10. Optional: If you chose Center Annotation or Hyphenated Text, customize the annotation in one of the following ways:
    • For Center Annotation, select the annotation you want to use from the Annotation menu. Use the other options to set its default position and repeats as required.

    • For Hyphenated Text, enter the text you want in the Syllables field. Use the other options to change the font style and the default position of syllables as required.

  11. Optional: If you want your new custom line to be available in all future projects you open on your computer, click Save as Default in the lines list action bar.
  12. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.

Result

The new custom line is added to the project and becomes available in the corresponding section of the Lines panel. If you clicked Save as Default so that it appears as , the custom line is available in all future projects on your computer.